Motion detector installed in train yard causes stir

Thursday, May 27, 2004

May 27, 2004

PHILADELPHIA­ - A commercial motion detector found in a rail car storage yard in Philadelphia, was not the making of a terrorist plot, according to the FBI and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Rather, a full-time SEPTA employee, who also works part time for an unnamed security company, installed the device in order to be alerted when his supervisors approached.
A SEPTA employee found the device in a rail yard near the 30th Street Station, on Track #11 in Powelton Yard. Since the bombings of commuter trains in Madrid, domestic transportation officials have been especially attentive to possible terrorist attacks.
“We were involved at the request of the SEPTA. They had found this device and had no idea why this device was planted and by who,” said Jerri Williams from the FBI’s media office in Philadelphia. “That person has not been charged,” she said, but added the case is still pending.